I guess the NRP doesn’t have the smarts to know that the Ebeshter has already enacted legislation (aka toras moshe m’sinai) that Shabbos is yom menucha. It would be mindless and a huge drain on the economy to dictate a new paid vacation day for all workers in EY so that a small group of Sephardeshe soccer fanatics don’t sneak out of shul early to attend their home team’s games. Maybe they could get chacham Ovadia to issue a psak that Sephardim shouldn’t go to soccer games on Shabbos rather than enacting a new burden on employers that is estimate to cost hundreds of millions of NIS annually.
The true reality is, that as much as Shabbos is certainly Yom Menucha, but when people have relatives out of walking distance and in other cities, and the relatives don't always have enough sleeping space etc., it is a bonafide need to have a non-working yet "Mutor Melocho" day to catch up on family visits, as well as house chores.
Whereas to a limited extent, Chol haMoed covers for family visits, once every 6 months is too long between visits for close relatives, and of-course Chol haMoed is not the time for house chores.